Did You Know: You Have Only 3 or 4 Minutes to Escape a House Fire!

Research shows that 30 years ago, you had about 17 minutes to escape a house fire. Today, you have only 3 or 4 minutes. TODAY Show national investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen conducts a dramatic demonstration that shows why, and how you should prepare.

Do you have an escape plan? In the event of a fire, remember that every second counts, so you and your family must always be prepared. Escape plans help you get out of your home quickly. In less than 30 seconds, a small flame can get completely out of control and turn into a major fire.

Make a Plan

So how do you make that plan – what should it include? Every household should develop a fire escape plan and practice several times a year, at different times of the day. The Red Cross has a printable worksheet households can use to plan and practice home fire evacuations.

Additional Resources
  • NFPA